The Agricultural Development Corporation has procured 30 high powered tractors that will boost its mechanization operation at its nine farms in Trans Nzoia.
Speaking to KNA in his office on Friday, ADC Head, Eng. Paul Njuguna said the tractors will help its mechanization operation as it shifts to conservation tilling technology to reduce production cost and improve yields.
The tractors ranging from 340 to 90 horse engines has cost the company sh.500 million.
Njuguna said that the machines will be used in tilling the 12,000 acres land utilized for seed maize production. “The firm is moving to conservation agriculture to reduce cost of land preparation, increase soil fertility and profitability,” he said.
According to Njuguna who was in the company of the Regional Manager, Dr. Wilson Tunoi the firm has shifted to new technologies to mitigate the effects of climate change.
“As an agent tasked with ensuring food security, we are employing high agricultural technologies to boost our operations. We are the major seed maize growers and we have put in place appropriate mechanisms to tackle climate change,” he said.
The engineer added that the tilling technology will promote the conservation of soil moisture and fertility.
By Pauline Ikanda